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suzeqz Dec 3, 2011 12:30 PM

I have stuffing mix out the ears. I'm not a stuffing fan; I bought it for family members who requested it for the holidays, then suddenly announced that they'd gone Atkins. It's been opened so the food bank's out. So, I'd like to make a HUGE batch of "stuffing muffins" to wrap individually, freeze and take to work for emergency lunches for my coworkers (who never seem to have lunch on them, nor money for, and will eat anything that stops moving long enough). I found a recipe on the Kraft site for a very basic "muffin" (stuffing mix, eggs, bacon bits, shredded cheese) but I'd like something...more, y'know? Any ideas? Exotic ingredient suggestions welcome, but it's got to be good with Stove Top. And if you have experience with such, especially wrapping, freezing and reheating (we have a microwave and a toaster oven that may or may not catch fire at any given moment), I'd be grateful for any tips.

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    wyogal RE: suzeqz Dec 3, 2011 12:46 PM

    Did you do a search, there was a discussion about this right before Thanksgiving. I think there were some good ideas.
    Dried fruit and nuts are good stir-ins, as well as bacon, sausage, cooked and squeezed dry chopped spinach, grated hard cheese.
    After cooked and cooled, I put them into individual ziplock bags, stored in a larger container/bag in the freezer, easy to grab one (one could freeze them hard on a cookie sheet, then put them all in a larger bag, only put in a smaller ziplock as needed to transport to work). I usually microwave on a plate.

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      suzeqz RE: wyogal Dec 3, 2011 01:04 PM

      Thanks so much for the reply! Sausage, spinach, cheese...I'd eat that! Wonder how feta would work? And for the record, I absolutely started with a search...I must be a search-idiot because I found EVERY reference to stuffing on this site but none that covered "muffins" that are more breakfast-or-brunch-in-a-cup than Thanksgiving-dinner-side-dish. I'm a pro when it comes to Google but I just can't get the hang of Chow's search engine -- I wind up with everything BUT what I'm looking for. I'll try to find that discussion now that I know it's out there...thanks for the heads-up, and wish me luck!

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        goodhealthgourmet RE: suzeqz Dec 3, 2011 01:11 PM

        here you go!

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/816638

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          suzeqz RE: goodhealthgourmet Dec 3, 2011 01:24 PM

          Ah, there it is! Many, MANY thanks! But I'm still looking for..well, I suppose I could call it "bread pudding made with stuffing mix" or somesuch. I don't want stuffing-stuffing -- I want...hand-food made with stuffing? Like an Egg McMuffin or a Hot Pocket, only not? I want a whole meal in a muffin cup, I guess! Like mini-quiches made with a stuffing crust, then adding other ingredients that'll freeze well. I do like Wyogal's idea of sausage and spinach...just enough stuffing to make a crust, then topped with an omelet-scramble.

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          TorontoJo RE: suzeqz Dec 3, 2011 01:26 PM

          Chowhound search is evil. Make sure you pick "best match" at the top of the search results. I think it defaults to "newest first", which is beyond useless. Try entering "stuffing muffins" in the search field at the top right of this page (which is already defaulted to Home Cooking), then look at the difference in search results when you pick best match vs. newest first. It also helps to change the date to longer than the default "12 months".

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            suzeqz RE: TorontoJo Dec 3, 2011 01:36 PM

            Oh, thank you! Nice to know I'm not the only one who thinks Chow Search is possessed by crazed gnomes with a bad sense of humor. I tried "stuffing muffins" and found the site that GoodHealthGourmet put me on to, but nothing that matched MY definition of "stuffing muffins." (And I had no clue what else to call them, since the Kraft site called them that!) I'd also started out on the main page rather than 'Home Cooking' so I was getting everything even remotely related. ("Best Donuts in Toronto," anyone?) Bless you all for setting me straight!

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              calliope_nh RE: suzeqz Dec 3, 2011 01:51 PM

              I love the idea of stuffing muffins and will need to play with that. Sometimes if I am searching, I will type the search terms in google along with the word chowhound. The google search comes up with results on this site and it is a bit easier to see the ones that might be most helpful.

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                suzeqz RE: calliope_nh Dec 3, 2011 06:37 PM

                Please let me know what you come up with! This really shouldn't be that difficult, either the "muffins" or the search, y'know? "Stuffing muffins" in Google got me to the Ask Yahoo site, where someone had mentioned the recipe on the Kraft site, which I also found copied to someone's blog. Kinda like driving a small-town traffic circle -- you keep seeing the same things as you go 'round but you have no idea how to get to where you want to go! As for the "muffins" themselves, I'm concerned with flavour combos that don't mesh, since my stuffing mix is defined only as "herb-seasoned." I've looked at casserole recipes (including one with chicken, sour cream and water chestnuts) but they call for the stuffing mix to be spread atop, and I'm not sure how mixing the whole mess together would bake up. I suppose I could just go ahead and start mixing...since I want individual "muffins" anyway, I could test-bake a number of samples and keep my fingers crossed!

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